Boomkat Product Review:
Late summer essential anthem business! Who kew SA was making the fruitiest house in 1990?!
Whoooooa, K!!! Invisible City Editions blindside with this reissue of a bubbling house beauty from South Africa, 1990, striking a seriously uncanny parallel with the belgian new beat and eurodance trax coming out of the northern hemisphere during that era.
Of course, it’s well known that South Africa has a deep rooted house and dance music scene, and it should come as little surprise that people were arriving at similar conclusions, with similar equipment down there in 1990. Only this is the first time we’ve heard it, and it’s flipping our wigs right now to be honest.
V.O. is the pseudonym for Eddie Magwaza, who wasn’t even 20 when he wrote Mashisa in the pivotal years leading up to apartheid in South Africa. He entered the studio accompanied by engineers Lucky Matante and Jan Smit intent on capitalising on a local dance phenomenon called Pantsula -itself a progression form the prevalent Bubblegum sound - and ended up arguably shaping the missing link between Italo house, new beat and Kwaito. Very sadly, he was shot and killed shortly after the record’s release.
With all due respects, he left us with a proper zinger that’s only really coming tonight now (although ICE have been touting it for a few years now, subsequently reaching the hands of Ben UFO and Young Marco), one which demonstrates a supremely funky, joyful grasp of house and pop as dance music that resonates as strongly now as ever before. It’s Ben Cenac X Teknokrat’s X Frankie Knuckles to the power of SA!